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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Carolina



(Saturday, November 15th)

Final Score: Washington 2, Carolina 1

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Dainius Zubrus' power-play goal late in the third period lifted the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Olaf Kolzig made 38 saves in the victory, keeping the Capitals in the game with a host of difficult saves as Washington was clearly outplayed in the contest.

Peter Bondra also scored for the Capitals, who defeated Carolina for the second time in four days. Washington routed the Hurricanes by a score of 7-1 on Wednesday.

Eric Staal scored Carolina's lone goal of the contest as they lost for first time in its last five home encounters (3-1-1). Jamie Storr stopped 18-of-20 shots in the loss.

After Jeff O'Neill took a boarding penalty with just over three minutes to play, the Capitals cashed in with a power-play goal. Jaromir Jagr, stationed at the right boards, dished a short backhand pass to a streaking Zubrus on the right wing. Zubrus went to the net and from a difficult angle flipped a backhand shot in the upper right-hand corner of the goal to give the Capitals the lead with just 2:13 left in the contest.

The Capitals grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on Bondra's fifth power-play goal of the season. Stationed just inside the right point, Bondra took a pass from Sergei Gonchar at the right point and fired a laser over the glove of Storr.

Four power-play opportunities in the final 10 minutes of the second period allowed the Hurricanes to pepper Kolzig, but they couldn't beat the Capital goaltender. Kolzig made a tremendous sprawling save on a shot by Staal and after it was reviewed to see if the puck had crossed the line, the replay booth concluded it was not a goal.

Several minutes later, O'Neill had his shot clank off the pipes.

Carolina eventually tied the contest immediately after one of its opportunities with the man advantage expired. Stall whacked at a rebound in front and the puck found its way between the legs of Kolzig at 15:13 of the second stanza.

An almost two-minute two-man advantage went to waste later in the second for Carolina. The Hurricanes were only able to post one goal in the stanza despite unleashing 22 shots Kolzig's way.

With just over four minutes left in regulation, Radim Vrbata had his shot hit sent away by an amazing save by Kolzig. The puck appeared to be past the sprawling Washington goaltender, but at the last second he dragged his back leg and kicked away the disc.

Kolzig was called upon once more to deny Vrbata with under 30 seconds to play despite some heavy traffic in front of the net.

Game Notes

Washington won for the second time in six games...Robert Lang also assisted on Bondra's goal. He now has a nine-game point scoring streak where he has posted seven goals and eight assists...The Capitals improved to just 2-7-1 on the road this season...Carolina fell to 1-8-2 in its last 11 against the Capitals.

11/15 21:45:53 ET


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